Vegan Health News – Vegan diet provides relief for seasonal allergies
(TRFW News) This time of year you are probably hearing the complaint, “ugggh…it’s allergy season again”. Natural allergy remedies are a hot topic in recent headlines. What do I mean by natural remedy? The natural solution we can use to combat those pesky allergies is: food!
Natural temporary decongestants
Did you know that to help keep airways clear when pollen counts are high you can just add a dash of horseradish, chili peppers, or hot mustard to your food? They all act as natural, temporary decongestants. (1)
Stinging Nettles are nature’s antihistamine
Need an antihistamine but want a natural option? Try stinging nettle. It behaves the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness. (1) Nettles inhibit the body’s ability to produce histamine. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams of stinging nettle daily will offer relief for most people. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle. (1)
Omega-3’s help fight allergies
A German study published in the journal Allergy found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat those foods. You may already know that Omega-3’s help fight inflammation and can be found in whole foods and vegan foods such as walnuts and flaxseed oil. (1) Other suggestions for plant-based Omega-3 sources within the seed family are flax and chia. When considering nut sources, study suggests that you look into English and black walnuts. Oils that are generally high in omega-3’s include flax, camelina, walnut, and soybean. (2)
Vegan diet provides relief for seasonal allergies
Vegan diets have been studied since the mid-1980’s for asthma and allergies. Researchers noticed that vegans were less likely to need treatment for reactions. (3) One of the chemicals, aside from histamine, that is released during an allergic reaction is called leukotriene, which are fatty molecules in the immune system that contribute to inflammation. The production of leukotrienes is influenced by the presence of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid found exclusively in animal products. Eliminating all meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy, as in the vegan diet, can help reduce the presence of leukotrienes. (3) Vegans are known to consume a larger amount of fruits and/or vegetables which contain nutrients that may be beneficial for allergies and the overall immune system (such as antioxidants and vitamin C). (3) The addition of whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds are beneficial because they contain vitamin E, which helps stop the immune system from overreacting to pollens and other allergens. (3)
If you are suffering from allergies, you might want to look to your diet and pump up your plant food intake!
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